Man charged over Albany fatal stabbing

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A woman was killed and two injured during a stabbing on Auckland's North Shore.

A man has been charged by police with murder and two charges of attempted murder after a woman was killed, and her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend were stabbed in Albany, on Auckland's North Shore.

Brent Scott is due to appear in North Shore District Court tomorrow at 9.30am.

Earlier, the dead woman was identified as Heidi Welman Scott, 41, the ex-partner of Scott.

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VICTIM: Heidi Welman Scott, 41.

STABLE IN HOSPITAL: Taryn Welman suffered stab wounds.

WOUNDED: Matija Miletic, 22, boyfriend of Taryn Welman.

Brent Scott shortly after his arrest.

A rescue helicopter over Albany as the manhunt continues.

Police at scene outside Albany Primary School.

The scene in Albany as the police operation continues.

Police block off a street as the manhunt continues.

Police at the scene of a reported stabbing in the Auckland suburb of Albany.

Albany, where police are searching for a man after a fatal stabbing.

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Welman's family declined to comment and asked for privacy.

"As the case is now before the courts, police will not be making any further comment," a police spokeswoman said this evening.

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Annette Heslop was the first on the scene of the triple stabbing in Auckland and alerted the police.

The three victims, including daughter Taryn Welman, 22, and her 22-year-old boyfriend, were found lying injured outside a Mahoney Drive house this morning.

First aid was attempted on all three, but Welman Scott died at the scene.

Taryn Welman was taken to hospital by road, while her boyfriend was airlifted by Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Both have undergone surgery and are in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

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Last year the family travelled to South Africa on holiday, where Scott was arrested on family violence charges. When the family returned to New Zealand, a protection order was taken out by Wellman Scott.

Her daughter and 14-year-old son were also named on the protection order.

Scott had been scheduled to appear in North Shore District Court this afternoon charged with contravening that order.

Scott was apprehended at Auckland International Airport after Customs contacted police to say he was attempting to travel to South Africa. Police won't comment further on this.

According to her friends, Welman Scott was an experienced nurse at Southern Cross' North Harbour hospital, where her shocked colleagues were grieving her loss.

"It is with great sadness that I confirm that our valued staff member, Heidi, was fatally injured in this morning's events on Mahoney Drive," hospital manager Jeanette Kini said tonight in a written statement.

"Heidi was a treasured and well-respected long-standing member of our team and on behalf of Southern Cross Hospitals, I offer my heartfelt sympathy to family and friends. Our focus is on supporting the family and staff through this very difficult time."

Three schools were locked down across the North Shore while a manhunt was underway.

A number of vehicles will be examined in the next few days and a scene examination is under way.

No weapon has been located.

Family members of all victims are being supported by police and victim support.

"To say that this was a tragedy was an understatement," Detective Inspector Bruce Scott said.

"This week is White Ribbon week and the police and community have been gathering together to oppose family violence."

FIRST RESPONSE

The first person on the scene, Annette Heslop, had just dropped her five-year-old daughter at school when she turned in to Vinewood Dr and found the three victims bloodied and lying on the footpath. She called an ambulance and went to help.

She took her jumper off to give to Taryn Welman, who had a lot of blood on her body. 

"She was in quite a lot of pain," Heslop said.

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Heslop had recently done a first aid course and worked to help keep the young woman alive.

"I was trying to keep pressure on and keeping them awake and just keeping them talking. I asked her who she is, who did it, what happened and her age, if she was at school, just to keep her talking," she said.

She was present as another stab victim - a woman - was pronounced dead.

"I have never seen anything like it before," she said.

After ambulance and police took over, Heslop quickly contacted her second daughter who was at home, and her mother, who lives in the area, to let them know there was a man on the run.

"I texted them just to lock the doors, there is someone on the loose, there had been an attack," she said.

Heslop was shaken by her unexpected experience that morning.

"I was a bit teary when I got home, I cried a bit, but I am ok," she said.

Late this morning, the woman's body was still lying on the grass verge next to the footpath on Vinewood Dr.

The bloodied body had been partially covered by a sheet opposite the home where the stabbing allegedly took place.

Dozens of police remain on the streets around Vinewood Dr, Mahoney Dr, and Bass Rd as the scene was examined. 

SCHOOLS LOCKED DOWN

Police ordered schools to be locked down as they launched a manhunt for Scott, 45, in  Albany just after 9am. Some children were told to shelter under their desks.

Two hours later police announced Scott had been caught.

Police warned Rangitoto College that Scott had a child at the school and he could come to the school.

However, police monitoring of his phone showed he did not head there.

"It was a precaution because he has a child at the school. That meant that he could come to the school. Through the lock down period there was no indication at any time that he was doing that. (The police) were triangulating through his phone," said Rangitoto principal David Hodge.

The boy was extracted from the school by police during the lock down and taken to the local station with a counsellor.

Hodge believed the child was being cared for by family who live in Auckland.

"There will be a fair number of staff and students who are feeling great care and concern for what has happened. He is a fine young man. If we can support him in any way that meets his needs we will endeavor to do that. It is not something you would ever wish a child to face," Hodge said.

It is understood Scott works as the New Zealand agent for a leading South African knife sharpening company called Warthog Blade Sharpeners. 

WHO IS BRENT SCOTT?

The man held in connection with this morning's stabbing is the New Zealand agent for a popular South African knife sharpening company.

Before his capture, police described Scott as being of South African descent. They said he had a notable accent and was solidly built. Scott is listed by the Warthog Blade Sharpeners group as their sole New Zealand agent.

Scott created a New Zealand company, Warthog Blade Sharpeners NZ Ltd, in 2011.

He was listed on the Companies Office as the sole director and shareholder, resident at 2 Mahoney Dr, Albany.

The company has filed three annual returns but gives no other details.

Warthog Blade says on its website that it started with the aim of creating a better knife-sharpener.

"We wanted to give people the ability to sharpen their knives to a professional level without having to send them to an expert," it says.

It created a product to sharpen knives in 2000.

"It was everything that you wanted in a knife-sharpener; quick, accurate, versatile and performing excellently."

The company is based in George, South Africa, and supplies markets internationally.

BODY LYING ON THE STREET

Ana Solo, a witness at this scene of the stabbings, said she was walking her friend to the bus stop about 9.40am and saw a ​body​ "lying in the gutter".

She said the ​body​ seemed to be of a person aged in​ their​ 20s and it looked like ​they​ had been stabbed.

"​(They​'re) lying right there, it's like ​(they've)​ been stabbed or something," she said.

Solo was later not allowed to return to her partner's house on Vinewood Dr.

"There's heaps of police down there, it's all been barricaded off."

Another witness, Hailee Wheeler, said she saw the rescue helicopter land at Albany Primary School while parents were running around frantically.  

"They were doing CPR on the person then the helicopter landed right in the yard," she said.

"I think it had just happened. There were lots of parents there, they were hysterical trying to get their kids out."  

She said parents were attempting to collect their children but were told all classrooms were in lockdown. She said students were hiding under their desks.

Wheeler, who runs Albany business Brown All Year, said she saw about six ambulances and six police cars race past her building.  

About 12 or 15 police officers were running up the road just before 9.30am, she said.

Wheeler said her cousin had witnessed another person receiving CPR, near Bass Rd.

Albany Primary School principal Maree Bathurst said the school had a lockdown procedure that everyone followed.

"The children at this point in time have no idea what's happened.

"We've been to every room and assured them they were not in any immediate danger."

 

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